By Fareeha Qayoom
know June is the month for menswear spring/summer collections but for some weird reason I didn’t pay much attention to the actual details this year until the whole thing was over – I was too busy reading about world politics! But don’t fret. If you are looking for the latest trends for menswear for spring/summer 2011 in store for you next year….here’s a sneak peek at some of the leading trends for next year.
You have got to be extremely fit to wear Armani next year…“There is a sense of pectoral power without making you see,” Armani apparently said. That is to say: Male strength, without the bare chest. “Edgy, dark side of night-time fun” for his Emporio collection, “skinny pants very much defined the male silhouette” for his signature line with a dash of lime or was it Chartreuse? That glowing yellow-green color that was an interesting contrast to Armani neutrals like classic slate blue and gray suits teamed with finely knit jersey shirts, accessorized with chartreuse shoes, belts, pocket scarves and even sunglass lenses but don’t worry, there were easily tailored trousers that a mature man can wear comfortably too. The Giorgio Armani man is comfortable with his hands in his pockets and confidently edgy with made-up smoky eyes in classic double breasted suits; a dash more sophisticated than the leather-clad serious fun-seeking Emporio Armani guys grinding alongside Lady Gaga.
“Chartreuse is a flash of sun, of energy,” Armani reportedly said after the show of his Giorgio Armani collection. Mint and lime green accents and pieces also gave a dash of freshness to the collection.
The collection also featured the technical accent with sportswear made out of ultra-light Kevlar fabric. Lightweight shirts, sometimes textured to give a chunky feel, were worn under vests, or short waistcoats worn alone as a substitute for shirts under jackets. Gingham, a theme in Dolce & Gabbana’s second line D&G, also made an appearance in Armani in black-and-white checked pants that were paired with plaid jackets. Armani also offered pants in bold black-and-white geometric prints. ■